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Sergio Ramos and Florentino Perez talked changes - Real now have two January targets

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Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League trophy back in May - but it's all gone wrong since then.

Zinedine Zidane left soon after delivering those trophies in just two and a half years as boss, leaving some very daunting shoes to fill.

Spain boss, Julen Lopetegui, was the man who eventually said yes to the Real hot seat but it resulted in him losing his Spain role on the literal eve of the tournament.

Those who thought he was mad to take it had their beliefs confirmed when Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus shortly afterwards.

Lopetegui, left with a 50-goal hole in his squad, didn't see any sort of adequate replacement for Ronaldo and his team showed that.

A 5-1 defeat in El Clasico was the last of five consecutive defeat for Real - and that was enough for Lopetegui to be shown the door.

It's clear that change was needed, with Santiago Solari stepping up from Real's Castilla side to take a caretaker role for the senior team.

But according to Marca, that wasn't the first move that President Florentino Perez made to change things up.

Florentino Perez intends to shakeup Real's team.

The report says that Perez first spoke to Sergio Ramos about potential changes they should make to turn the ship around.

And, as a result of that, Real are now targeting moves in the January window, with two names being described as 'likely' by Marca.

The first is Mario Hermoso of Espanyol - a centre-half who was on Real's books before moving to Catalonia in 2017.

Mauro Icardi tops Real's list of targets up front.

A far more ambitious name is who they're eyeing up as a new striker: Internazionale's Mauro Icardi.

The Argentine ranks as one of the premier striking talents in the world right now, something he's demonstrated in recent weeks with late, vital goals against AC Milan and Barcelona.

If they can get hold of Icardi, Real may go some way to finally replacing some of those 50 goals left by Ronaldo.

Topics:
Football
Julen Lopetegui
Mauro Icardi
Mario Hermoso
Espanyol
Sergio Ramos
Spain Football
Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo

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